Russia: Putin ready to meet Trump although it takes months

Russia: Putin ready to meet Trump although it takes months

Russia: Putin ready to meet Trump although it takes months

Russian Federation says relations with the United States "completely fell apart" during President Obama's second term - but Moscow is confident that "reason will prevail" as Donald Trump takes office Friday.

Dominating recent political news is the debate over whether Donald Trump is being played for a fool by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Some people at the event wore the Guy Fawkes masks made popular by global hacking movements in a jokey reference to US intelligence claims that Russian cyberattacks were aimed at influencing the outcome of November's election.

Mr Putin also charged that those spreading allegations against Mr Trump want to "bind the President-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises".

"We know that the president-elect is famous as an altogether successful businessman". Putin spent the early part of his career enforcing the atheistic rule of the Soviet Union in Communist East Germany, but he has embraced Orthodoxy as a useful tool in buttressing his political position since first becoming President in 2000. "It's worth waiting and watching what his tone will be", he added.

He said he would seek "respectful" dialogue with Mr Trump, who angered many Mexicans on the campaign trail by deriding them as rapists and murderers, and vowing to build a massive wall along the U.S. border to keep them out.

The United States is Germany's biggest trading partner and Trump has warned that his administration will impose a border tax of 35 per cent on cars that German carmaker BMW plans to build at a new plant in Mexico and export to the U.S. market.

Nearly all Russian commentators agree that progress towards improved relations with the USA will depend on how the personal relationship between Putin and Trump shapes up. But the logic of Putin's authoritarian rule at home - with free media muzzled, political opponents murdered or imprisoned, and state resources siphoned off by oligarchs granted a free hand by the Kremlin in return for political support - requires him to convince his public that Russian Federation confronts an implacable foe overseas and only a strong leader can defend the motherland. Putin also needs to balance the interests of hawks wedded to Cold War thinking in his circle with more forward-looking officials and business men.

Russian Federation has admitted that it had criticised a lot of U.S. policy during President Barack Obama's administration but said it was "not personal". "We are dealing with people who won't get involved in moralising, but will try to understand their partner's interests", Lavrov said.

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"This will not be in coming weeks, let's hope for the best - that the meeting will happen in the coming months", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Saturday.

I voted for neither Mr. Trump nor Ms. Clinton for president, but I have consistently specified that my major worry regarding a Trump presidency was that his volatile personality in a nuclear age - including his flying off the handle pursuant to personal slights or changes of perception of various principals - could lead to unpredictable explosions, figurative and literal.

Mr Lavrov said Russian Federation and the United States can reach common ground on nuclear arms control and other issues if each country proceeds from its national interests and shows respect for the other side.

Trump also suggested imposing tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation in the wake of its February invasion of the Crimea that year. "Trump, Trump, he's really president", the mustachioed Tokarev sang on a tiny stage with the Russian and American flags hanging behind him.

Divisions among Republicans on Russian Federation policy result partly from the lenses through which Trump and the party's national security wing view the problem.

Just as protests against the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States were not limited to the USA soil, so were the celebrations.

But Peskov was managing expectations about what the new era of co-operation might bring this week.

Political analyst Stanislav Byshok said: "It's weird, but it's great, and for the first time ever Russians are applauding the victory of a USA presidential candidate, it's a sign of the times". "It's not possible between the United States and Russian Federation".